preposition ~ zero

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Tue Feb 26 01:29:22 UTC 2008

How about Verb + (disappearing) Particle, where there's no object? I'm
thinking in particular of "hang out" > "hang".

On Mon, Feb 25, 2008 at 3:22 PM, Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at>

> i've applied for a summer intern to work on a continuation of my OI
> Project (on _O_mit Needless Words and _I_nclude All Necessary Words
> advice in English), with special attention to be paid to preposition/
> zero alternatives for particular verbs (as in the "depend (on)" case i
> posted about a little while back).  we've had considerable discussion
> on ADS-L about the phenomenon; i think i've saved all the relevant
> postings.
> now i'm asking for further nominations, of cases we haven't
> considered, or of discussions of familiar cases (like "depart" and
> "arrive") in places i might have missed.  (there's no guarantee that
> i'll actually get an intern, of course, but i'll continue thinking
> about the phenomenon no matter what.)
> if you have suggestions, send me e-mail -- or, if you think they'd be
> of general interest, post them to the list.
> arnold
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